07 May 2020
Volume: 8
Issue: 14
Data@breakfast provides an update of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Clinician Recommends Tailored Response to SA’s Unique COVID-19 Circumstances

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We have to understand “our epidemic” as a unique thing and build our own tailored response, says clinician and UKZN COVID-19 war room Epidemiologist Dr Richard Lessells.

Student and animated film maker, Ms Kayleigh Gemmell.

Arts Student’s Animated Movie to Premier at International Festival

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The Next Few Months – an animated film by Master of Arts student, Ms Kayleigh Gemmell - will premiere at the first virtual Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France later this year.

Global Shapers, staff of Domino Foundation and representatives of the Durban Chamber of Commerce at the delivery drop-off in Clermont, Durban.

“ShapersCare” Distributes Hampers to Needy During National Lockdown

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The Durban hub of the Global Shapers Community - an initiative of the World Economic Forum staffed by UKZN students, alumni and others - is spearheading a COVID-19 response campaign dubbed “ShapersCare” to distribute food and hygiene hampers to the most vulnerable within the eThekwini municipality during lockdown.

Third-year student, Mr Sibonelo Mhlongo, is assisting his mother’s small business in the manufacture of 15 000 masks at a discounted rate for the UKZN community.

Student Helps Organise Masks for UKZN Community

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Masks in UKZN colours at a specially discounted price is what a young student is organising for members of the University community.

From left: Professor Sabiha Essack, Dr Ariel Blocker and Dr Maarten van Dongen.

Scientists Warn Against Antibiotics Use in COVID-19 Treatment

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Healthcare providers treating COVID-19 patients have been urged to be prudent in prescribing antibiotics because of the danger of increasing resistance to the treatment.

UKZN lecturer, Dr Alvin Munsamy.

Excessive Screen Gazing May Cause Digital Eye Strain

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Too much time staring at a screen during lockdown can cause digital eye strain previously known as computer vision syndrome, says UKZN lecturer in the Discipline of Optometry, Dr Alvin Munsamy.

UKZN Teach Online Portal.

Online Learning Resources Developed for UKZN Academics

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The need to provide alternative modes of teaching and learning in the wake of the problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has led to various training opportunities being developed through UKZN for academics.

Ms Lindiwe N Kunene, Management and Entrepreneurship lecturer at UKZN’s School of Management, Information Technology and Governance.

Dimensions of the Impact of COVID-19 on Small and Micro Businesses in SA

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In almost all the messages, strategies and press conferences we have seen in these tough times of the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is clear looking at the situation from the perspective of SMMEs - some animals are more equal than others!

Dr Tony Ngwenya, an Academic in UKZN’s Graduate School of Business and Leadership.

Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Culture and Mantra during Volatile and Turbulent Times

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Iceland with a population of about 350 000 people has one of the lowest *Gini coefficient ratios in the world.

Professor Evariste Bosco Gueguim Kana, and on the right are CXR images of (from left) a healthy individual, other viral or bacterial pneumonia, and a COVID-19 positive patient.

UKZN Professor Collaborates on Diagnostic Tool for COVID-19 Using X-Rays

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Academic Leader for Research and Higher Degrees in the School of Life Sciences Professor Evariste Bosco Gueguim Kana, has collaborated with researchers in South Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon and the UNESCO regional office for Southern Africa to develop a web-based diagnostic tool for COVID-19 that employs machine learning to detect evidence of COVID-19 on chest radiographs (CXR).

Mayor of Markham in Canada, Mr Frank Scarpitti with award winning writer, UKZN alumnus Ms Kass Ghayouri.

UKZN Alumnus Wins International Writing Award

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Award-winning author and UKZN alumnus, Ms Kass Ghayouri is the grand prize winner in the 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading Awards competition run annually by the Guardian newspaper in England.

School of Education launches Creative Network, a magazine for students by students.

New School of Education Magazine Puts COVID-19 Under the Microscope

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Academic Leader for Community Engagement in the School of Education Dr Angela James is spearheading a new e-magazine for students by students.


Amaranth – an Aid to Eating and Staying Healthy during COVID-19

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In these difficult times, fresh vegetables to provide food and immunity against disease can be scarce as farmers are also affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Fayth Ruffin, Associate Professor at UKZN’s School of Management, Information Technology and Governance.

Operation Lockdown and Raising the Higher-Self in Higher Education

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Higher Education is usually seen as that level accessed after one has completed the earlier educational levels of primary and secondary schooling.

An image depicting the challenging task of balancing work and house demands.

Protecting Mental Health While Working at Home

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Protecting Your Mental Health while Working from Home was the title of an address Clinical Psychologist in the School of Psychiatry, Mr Suntosh Pillay gave to UKZN staff.

Dr Trevor Mtetwa, Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources Management lecturer at UKZN’s Graduate School of Business and Leadership.

Leadership, Trust and Managing a Virtual Workforce During COVID-19

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The adage coined by author and public speaker Brian Tracy that “the true test of leadership is how well you function in a crisis”, holds true for many leaders and organisations.